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Poster: Skobud Date: Jan 5, 2012 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Just One Song

Just one song. Thats really all there is to it. In a review I wrote yesterday, I said something to the effect of ‘I get lost in it”. I get lost in the music and that is what I have always loved about the Grateful Dead. When I say I get lost in the music, I mean in just one song. One moment of one song is really all it takes for me. Sometimes it takes the form of rediscovery, and other times Its mind-blowing brand new to me. Just one song. I have also described the music in the past as “occupying my mind”. In other words I start listening, and before you know it I am thinking of other versions that I really enjoy, or perhaps some tidbit of ridiculous trivia I unearthed in my endless pursuit of all things GD. Just one song can unlock a thought process that can move me in so many different ways. What I was listening to when my son was born, what I listened to when my mother died, and what I listen to during a normal day to get by. In my opinion, when you get down to the roots of it, it’s the feeling you get from just one song.

What made me think about this in such detail was my trip home yesterday from work. It was a normal day, I got out and threw in Dew from 6/18/74. I have not listened to this one in at least a year, maybe longer. I turned it up a little, but not too much. The intro begins, and immediately I got a chill and was kinda caught off guard by it. I cant remember the last time that happened – but I love that. Jerry comes in ever so delicately and begins the vocals and I am already thinking about the intense beauty of this song. Kieth is playing ever so delicately and the feel is comforting, making me feel inspired and somewhat introspective at the same time. They begin to wind it a little tighter, and then back it off again. Awesome. I am immediately feeling that anticipatory type of emotion that used make me so giddy at shows. The second verse starts again so soft and heavy, and I am now officially awash in this song. I am no longer thinking about anything else but how unbelievably sweet this song really is. The enormous amount of emotion poured in and conveyed so well has my mind spinning at this point. Jerry begins to noodle out of the slower tempo and Kieth begins to step it up. I find myself with another full on chill waiting for the monster to rear its head. Jerry ratchets it up and I just start yelling for Jerry at the top of my lungs like Im at the show or some shit – all the while still driving home. The song ends and I am giddy. Wow ,that just completely blew my mind. Un – fucking – real. I was just moved like nothing else I can really describe to you, by just one song.

I had feelings of inspiration and hope, utter joy and amazement, as well as comfort all from just one song. Then that made me think of how millions of people have had the same experience as me, from just one song. The power and emotion, and the personal connections made. It’s a pretty amazing thing, that one song. I have been listening now for 25 years. I believe that in the end it all comes down to the feeling I get from just one song.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jan 5, 2012 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Show (08/27/72 Veneta, OR)

Nice post. I often get the same feelings from various GD moments. The whole show on 08/27/72 can be transcendent for me. Other than that show, it only happens in spurts. These moments happen much more frequently with the Dead than any other band, which I'm sure is the case for most others here as well, and is one of the primary reasons we always return to this music. A few moments that have taken me “there” are:


- AM Dew from 1974-02-24 Winterland. The one you mentioned is outstanding as well, but for me this is the consummate version. The China>Rider from this show also does it for me.

- TOO from 1972-04-26 Jahrhundert Halle

- DS from DP36 (1972-09-21) Spectrum

- The Eleven from 1969-02-28 Fillmore West

- Caution from 1972-04-17 Tivoli

- Phil on PITB from 1972-11-18 Hofheinz Pavilion

- Too many Eyes to name. 1974-08-06 Roosevelt Stadium is one of many.

- Half-step from 1977-05-07 Boston Garden


That are certainly others, but those are the first ones that came to mind.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 5, 2012 9:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Show (08/27/72 Veneta, OR)

Stella Blue 7-18-1976 is just god

http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-07-18.sbd.ferguson.244.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jan 5, 2012 10:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Show (08/27/72 Veneta, OR)

That version of Stella is awesome! That was the first show I ever collected on cassette, 7-18-76.
The songs that sealed the deal for me were the single of Uncle John's Band from Workingman's Dead in 1970 and the album Live Dead, especially Dark Star>St. Stephen!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 6, 2012 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Show (08/27/72 Veneta, OR)

I never fail to get mesmerized by EYES from 10/29/77

I know the whole 13+ minutes by heart at this point but each instrumental bridge jam Jerry leads still makes me gasp in awe. It's a little fantastical, the effect it has on me. Just when you think he can't possibly find another gear/develop another idea/reach another crescendo, he does. And the rest of the band is just able to keep up, pushing the jam along like a caboose making sure the main engine doesn't falter.

The crash-down into the final lyrical verse leaves this perfect pregnant pause before Jerry starts to sing...giving the crowd just enough time to pick their brains off the floor and finally breathe again.

Musical bliss, every time.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-29.sbd.miller.92085.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: joeken Date: Jan 6, 2012 7:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Show (08/27/72 Veneta, OR)

To me this is the ultimate;

The China / Rider from this;

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-05-19.sbd.miller.116983.flac16

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jan 5, 2012 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Song

nice post. I think you really kinda summed it up well. I recall asking many a friends what their favorite tune was, one always responds, all of them, they all do it. And i believe its on the same thinking as you are having. I agree with him, but nothing seems to ever get me going like a Dew can. Listening to this TOO from 9-28-72 is doing it for me. The 72 jamming just gets me every time and takes me to "that" place.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jan 5, 2012 4:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Song

"and I just start yelling for Jerry at the top of my lungs like Im at the show or some shit – all the while still driving home"

Very nice - I can relate. Hope you weren't at a red light like I was recently. The looks you get. :)

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 5, 2012 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Song

Quite often I'm stopped in my tracks by a 'Stella Blue'. The anticipation in the pause after 'Shine !' and the release in the uplifting stream of notes you know are coming - it's why we're here. Want to hear a great one ? Try this http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-11-04.sbd.unknown.2595.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by snori on 2012-01-06 01:02:16

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 6, 2012 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Song

Let's not forget the 5/8/77 Morning Dew. The first couple of notes ring out like church bells. Jerry and Phil weave a tapestry of sound - is Phil playing lead bass with Jerry setting the tempo and holding the song together? Or is it the other way around?

At any given moment throughout the song, everyone gets a chance to step to the forefront and showcase....Keith's wonderful scales and runs mixed in, around and on top of Jer's plaintive vocals - starting around 2:58 of Hunter's matrix version. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-08.111493.mtx.seamons.sbeok.flac16

Listen around the 4:57 mark....who is lead, who is rythmn? Who cares???

From 11 minutes until the end you feel like you are being inextricably pulled into a tidal wave of sound - Keith matches Jerry just about note for note starting at 11:37!!!!

This is close to being one of their perfect songs.



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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Jan 5, 2012 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Song

To pick one it would be the jam coming out of the drums after alligator on 4/29/71. I have never heard anything like it. Garcia is out of this world, the sounds coming out of his guitar bring on so many emotions for me it is hard to describe. At the 4:18 mark is where it really kicks in, he is driving something just not a band anymore. For the next couple minutes nothing else matters then at 7:40 on it is pure joy but for those couple minutes I get a rush over me that brings on all different feelings.
When you mentioned rediscovery I had this set on tape since the 90's but it never sounded that good until I picked up the Ladies and Gentleman release. Nice post I got chills reading it plus it made me listen to it like 10 times today. Lots of songs do it for me but this does it at another level.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jan 6, 2012 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just One Song

most think it is a train wreck, but if so it is that train wreck you just can't turn away form...

"Black Muddy River"

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1995-07-09.sbd.miller.114369.flac16